ContentmentFebruary 23, 2017 Save Article
One of the wisest things I ever read was written by a philosopher who said, “To whom little is not enough, nothing is enough.” If you have not learned to be content in whatsoever state you find yourself, you will never be content.
Paul set the example for us when he said, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” (Philippians 4:11-12).
First Timothy 6:8 challenges us, “And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content.” The Lord prayed, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).
Now I know what I want and I know what you want. I want to have enough that I don’t have to depend on God. I want to have some money in the bank and I want to have something there so that when tomorrow comes, I don’t have to worry about it. Isn’t that what we want? We call that security.
Question: is that really security? Who is more secure—the man who has a warehouse full of stale bread that the rats can eat and thieves can steal, or the man who has a father who is a very, very rich baker?"